It’s not too late to make plans for the biggest weekend of the summer! Declare your independence from stress and worry when you relax at a Jellystone Park™ campgrounds this Fourth of July holiday. You’ll find campfires and cookouts, crafts and water sports, live music, parades, scavenger hunts and surprises galore – the perfect escape from your everyday routine, and the ideal chance for family bonding. Check with your favorite Jellystone Park to find out how they’re celebrating America’s birthday.
Located at 1473 Hwy 40 in Lawrence, Kansas, owners Ralph and Kim Newell are the first park owners from Kansas to join the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park franchise system. When they bought the campground 10 years ago, they knew they had their work cut out for them. The park was in “tough shape,” but after investing $750,000 in improvements, the Newell’s have transformed their campground into a popular family friendly destination.
With 95 sites in all, Kansas City Jellystone is sure to please any type of camper with pull-thru sites, tenting sites, and a variety of amperes to accommodate any need.
Other amenities include internet access, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, a snack/dinner bar, and a convenience store for those precious Yogi Bear souvenirs or last minute camping necessities. There are also meeting rooms, and pets are welcome, so even Fido can join in on the fun.
For all your family’s entertainment needs, one can take a dip in the pool, run on the playground, fish, enjoy live entertainment, bounce about on the jumping pillow, sing along to songs on a wagon ride, or compete in classic games like basketball or volleyball on the sports courts. Of course every family enjoys Jellystone Park’s signature themed weekends, which includes everything from ice cream socials to flashlight candy hunts, hayrides to outdoor movies. This year, in fact, the Newell’s have planned nearly 30 themed weekends, including a “Death by Chocolate” and “Murder Mystery” week, as well as a 1950’s week and a “Christmas in July” celebration with campsite decorating contests, and free admission to children under 16.
The park also operates a corn maze in the fall and this year will have its first pumpkin patch in advance of Halloween.
Nearby attractions include golfing, museums, lakes, parks and trails, not to mention the park is just 45 minutes west of downtown Kansas City.
“Anybody can provide a place to stay overnight,” Newell said, adding, “What we want to do is get that customer to want to come back again and again.”
For current rates and availability or to book your reservation visit campjellystone.com or call 785-842-3877.
Independence Day is just around the corner, one of America’s favorite and most celebrated holidays of the summer. Cookouts, fireworks and camping are just some of the ways many participate in the holiday, and there’s no better place to enjoy the festivities than at one of your favorite Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts!
Nearly all of our Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts have something in store for the big holiday weekend, so visit campjellystone.com to see what your favorite park’s family fun activities are to celebrate America’s birthday!
Following are just some of the ways Yogi Bear and his friends will be having fun:
Austin, MN (July 2-5) Celebrate our nation’s independence with a Freedom Parade featuring guests’ decorated bikes, wagons, strollers, and golf carts. Kids will love the “Kids Pedal Tractor Pull” competition, and Saturday night the whole family can sway to the sweet sounds of the “3-Land” band.
Ashland, NH (July 2-5) Spend your holiday in the breathtaking White Mountains of New Hampshire. Plans include a parade, red white & blue tie-dying, live entertainment, pony rides, and don’t forget your festive finery for the Patriotic Campground Decorating Contest!
Caledonia, WI (July 1-4) Join in on the 4th of July American “Pic-A-Nic Basket” weekend! This weekend will be filled with many activities to celebrate our country’s birthday. Join in for the flag ceremony in the mornings, make a flag pillowcase and help to create our very own flag during craft time. Yogi Bear will be joining in for a hot dog picnic ($), so bring your camera and lots of smiles! Remember to bring your running shoes, as we will play reverse kickball to kick off – pardon the pun – this holiday celebration.
The holiday festivities are sure to be a blast for everyone in the family, so visit your favorite Jellystone Park this July 4th and book your reservation now , or call 1-800-558-2954 for more information as this popular camping holiday will no doubt fill up fast!
Eric Brevig, director for the new Yogi Bear movie being released this December, was recently interviewed by MTV. Brevig talks about filming in New Zealand, choosing Justin Timberlake to play Boo Boo, why it was important to make Yogi Bear in 3-D, and what music may be in the movie.
Recently we caught up with “Journey to the Center of the Earth” director Eric Brevig, who had just returned from months of shooting in New Zealand where he’d re-created Hanna-Barbera’s beloved Jellystone Park. He had a pick-a-nick basket’s worth of goodies to spill on Yogi and Boo Boo’s movie debut in 3-D, casting Justin Timberlake as everybody’s favorite sidekick and why Yogi is still smarter than the average bear.
MTV: How did the shoot go?
Eric Brevig: It went really well. My plan for the movie was to get very funny, comic actors like Anna Faris, Andy Daly and — you’ve probably heard of Dan Aykroyd, right? — he’s the voice of Yogi. And then I wanted to make a movie that’s a comedy in which some of the characters are bears, as opposed to a kid’s film.
MTV: How did you shoot the film? Was there a lot of tennis balls and sticks involved?
Brevig: Well, yeah, but it wasn’t quite that removed from a normal live-action film. I had two actors — one of whom was six-foot-four and the other one was four-foot-two — and they stood in for Yogi and Boo-Boo from the blocking to the rehearsal and the filming … after a while, you’d forget that some of the characters are going to be replaced by CG bears later on.